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RollHard: The Show 2016

Date: 14 August 2016

Location: Cressing Temple Barns, Essex

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Established back in 2010, RollHard is now one of the most recognised groups in the modified car scene… They choose to focus on the sense of community that comes with the lifestyle of a petrolhead, “All makes, all models, one community” as they state, which I absolutely love. It’s not hard to work out why so many car enthusiasts choose to be a part of RH and of course rock the stickers on their cars. Let’s face it, if you’re into cars, you’ve heard of RollHard. They’re everywhere, and even have a huge following over in Europe. Having previously held a few events (RollHard Duxford back in 2013, The Belgian Chapter in 2014 and 2015, and their Charity event also in 2015), a new idea was brought to life this year after discovering an absolute gem of a location in Essex – the Cressing Temple Barns. Imagine a beautiful, scenic venue in the remote countryside, featuring 13th Century Medieval barns, outbuildings, gardens, and paddocks. Not your usual recipe for a car show, but that’s what made this one just that extra bit special. With plenty of nooks and crannies throughout the venue, cars were dotted all over the place, which made it more fun to explore than say, strolling past rows upon rows of cars like at other shows. Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of car events on grass, but the quirkiness of this venue definitely made up for it. So, sit back and check out the highlights below…

 

 

Jack Smith’s Lexus GS300 on D2 / Air Lift suspension & Weds Kranze LXZ’s

@smithjack

 

 

Liam Elmore’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@elmo_rh

 

Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 on WORK Meister’s

@bigj_223

 

 

 

Chris Goring’s BMW E46 on BC Racing coilovers & WORK Meister M1’s

@larm46

 

Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350Z on WORK Meister S1’s

@likehelldesign

 

Jordan O’Sullivan’s static Mini Cooper S on Tracer Tech 2’s

@jordzzz

 

Micheal Evans’ Lexus LS430 on Air Lift suspension & WORK Durandal DD5.2’s

@v8fag

 

Ben Anson’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@bm_bean

 

 

Juan van Oversteyns’ BMW E28 525i on D2 Racing coilovers & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@juangti86

 

Julian Göttschkes’ Audi 100LS on HP Drivetech/AccuAir suspension

@cptnlow

 

Frederik Ceulemans’ bagged Mk1 Scirocco w/16VT & BBS RS

@joenge

 

 

 

Edd Fell’s Mk2 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@3ddr0

 

Alex Hurd’s BMW E46 330ci on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmacs

@e46_alex

 

Andy Willems’ bagged 1973 Mercedes-Benz S280 W108 on 18″ Intro Wheels

@willemsandy80

 

Jon Naish’s Nissan President on hydraulic suspension

@johnnynaish

 

Sven Haegeman’s bagged BMW E12 528 on BBS Style19′s

@haegemansven

 

 

Scott Paterson’s static BMW E36 Touring on Throwing Stars

@scottpatersonphoto

 

Rob Blackwell’s Honda S2000 on Air Lift suspension & CCW D110′s

@rob_blackwell

 

Thom Williams’ Honda S2000 on Air Lift suspension & BBS LM’s

@thomwilliams_

 

Eric French’s Mk2 VW Polo Coupe on Schmidt wheels

@ericfrenchie

 

Rory Hamilton’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W115 240D on BBS Mahles

(Click here to check out our feature on Rory’s Mercedes)

@rory_fourtyfour

 

Matty Loveridge’s Mk1 Golf Swallowtail on Air Lift suspension & BBS E76′s

@matty_mk1

 

Alex Wright’s G60-swapped Mk1 Golf on BBS E30’s

@taxi_

 

 

 

Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on Enkei NT03+M’s

@chrispy_clean

 

Andy Guyett’s BMW E36 Touring on Air Lift suspension & M Parallel’s

@gus247

 

Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension

@meguiarsuk

 

Kiran Mistry’s Audi 80 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50′s

@blackman_k

 

Paul’s Audi B5 S4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform DIA’s

@players_jaylos

 

Mark Sime’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension on Zito wheels

@mark.sime

 

Shaun Fielding’s Porsche 911 on Fifteen52 Outlaw’s

@shaun2250

 

 

Roger Ramjet’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant 

@g60dw

 

Reece Chapman’s Mk1 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@chapmanmx

 

Mark Riccioni’s Mk7 VW Golf R on Air Lift suspension

@mark_scenemedia

 

Ash Squires’ 1987 Mk2 Toyota Soarer on Tein coilovers & SSR Mk1′s

@1987soarer

 

Paul Burns’ bagged BMW E28 on Gotti’s

@b_instahype

 

 

Elliott Waterman’s static Renault 5

@ewr5

 

Tom Sandys’ Mk1 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 R43’s

@tomsandys

 

Liam Richardson’s bagged Beetle

@grease_ball13

 

 

Gary Morgan’s Mk1 Ford Escort

@gmbodycraft

 

Richard Harris’ Audi B7 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND’s

@richard_thomas

 

Hannah Edwards’ Seat Leon on Air Lift suspension & Bentley wheels

@h14nnu

 

 

 

Darron Burrows’ Nissan 370Z

 

Oxford Car Audio’s Audi S5 on Audi S5 on Airlift / AccuAir suspension & Avant Garde F541′s

@oxfordcaraudio

 

Sam Harman’s Mk6 VW Jetta on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@samharman45_tsi_

 

Connor Hollamby’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

@connorhollamby_

 

 

Sam Williams’ bagged Mazda MX5 on BBS RF’s

@samwilliamsz

 

Auto Finesse’s Mk1 Caddy on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50′s

@autofinesse

 

John Meade’s 1983 Ford Escort on banded steels w/Chevrolet hubcaps

@letitgoletitflow

 

Georgia Barker-Wright’s static VW Lupo on WORK Meister CR01’s

@gkbw

 

Bekir Iskender’s BMW E39 540i on Air Lift suspension & custom 19″ 3pc Alpina Softline’s

@beck34ist

 

Ethan Sexton’s BMW E30 318is on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@ethansexton

 

Craig Sims’ BMW E28 on BC Racing suspension & 16″ BBS RS’s

@_craigsims

 

Matt Vanstone’s Audi S3 on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 DR1’s

@m9tvy

 

Will Smith’s Audi D2 A8 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV DDT’s

@renegadewill

 

Oly Roberts’ Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 PR’s

@ollieberto

 

James Brown’s bagged Mercedes-Benz 190E on Rotiform MBZ’s

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

James Aveil’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W114

@james.aveil

 

David Hanagan’s Audi A5 Sportback on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SPF’s

@david.hanagan

 

Tej Bajwa’s static BMW E30 M3 on ACS Type 1’s

@c9tej

 

Rash Bajwa’s BMW E34 M5 on BC Racing coilovers & Throwing Stars

@rash_4q

 

Carl Shakespeare’s supercharged Mk3 Golf VR6 on OZ Ultraleggera’s

@shakey_studioincar

 

Max Wilde’s BMW M4

@maxwilde808

 

Nick Sahota’s BMW E34 540i on BC Racing coilovers & custom-built 3pc Throwing Stars

(Click here to check out our feature on Nick’s 540i)

@nicksinghsahota

 

Carlos Gomez’s static BMW E36 on BBS Style19′s

@carlos_g88

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’s

@s30bmx

 

Mark Allen’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate on Eta Beta’s

@markvw89

 

Lucy Barlow’s bagged BMW E21 on BBS RM’s

@lucybarlow1994

 

Hoho Chan’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2′s

@hoho15_nmls

 

 

RollHard: The Show was certainly one of the more unique car events on the calendar. With plenty of gorgeous cars to look at, gardens to explore, their own cinema, badminton (yep!), on-site tea rooms with ice cream and refreshments, as well as some very tasty food stalls (which makes a nice change!), it made for the perfect day out. For their first event at this venue, I think they did a fantastic job. Here’s to the next one – thanks for having us!

 

More info on RollHard:

RollHard website

RollHard on Facebook

RollHard on Instagram

 

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FittedUK 2016 – Part 2

Date: 31 July 2016

Location: EventCity, Manchester

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Welcome back to our FittedUK coverage – in this final part I’ll take you through the remaining highlights from the incredible show at EventCity, the new location for 2016. You’ve already seen that the event was full of high quality cars and now it’s about to get even better. It’s time to take a look into the carpeted hall, show a few gems that we missed from the rest of the venue and even more of the cars from the Slam Sanctuary booth. There’s something special about an event of this size. All the excess space glorifies the cars on show, allowing you to fully admire them. When they’re squashed together (like at a lot of smaller shows) you’re much more likely to walk straight past or pay less attention. FittedUK was like an art exhibition for cars… They truly nailed what a static automotive event should be. Anyway, on to the all-important photos…

 

Rory Hamilton’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W115 240D on BBS Mahle’s

(Click here to check out our feature on Rory’s Mercedes)

@rory_fourtyfour

 

 

Alex Buckingham’s bagged wide-arch VW Polo 6R on stepped-up BBS RS’s

@alex6r

 

Ben Rye’s bagged 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle ragtop on custom 3pc smoothies

@oldrag57

 

 

 

Grant Owens’ Audi 100 on Rayvern Hydraulic suspension

@granty_gee

 

 

 

 

Jake Parsons’ wide-arch VW Mk5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@ekajsnosrap

 

 

 

Richard Colvill’s custom Porsche 911 “Porkchop” on Fuchs’

@corv26

Nick Sahota’s BMW E34 540i on BC Racing coilovers & custom-built 3pc Throwing Stars

(Click here to check out our feature on Nick’s 540i)

@nicksinghsahota

 

 

 

 

 

Day’s Mini Cooper on Air Lift suspension & BBS LM’s

@slammeduk_day

 

Rhys Armstrong’s bagged VW Lupo on Gottis

@rhysy1996

 

 

 

Pete Matthews’ Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@lighthairedpete

 

 

 

Dean Meeson’s Lotus Esprit on AccuAir suspension & custom Lotus splits

@dean_esprit

 

 

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’s

@s30bmx

 

Kat Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’s

@kagggie

 

 

Jack Smith’s bagged Mk1 Golf on Fifteen52 Tarmac 348’s

@smithjack

 

 

Rooth Jenkins’ Mk3 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@roooth

 

 

 

Will Drayson’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@will_dra

 

Matt Neilson’s Honda Integra DC5 on Air Lift suspension & SSR Longchamp’s

@mattxneilson

 

 

 

Alex Begley’s BMW E92 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmacs

@alex_3b

 

Wayne Kelly’s bagged VW Mk5.5 Jetta on EC62 wheels

@jetta_mk5.5

 

 

Kelly Holliday’s Mk4 Golf R32 on AccuAir suspension & HRE 501′s

@hrekel32

 

Dave Mcdiarmid’s BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & custom-built Style32 splits

@dmcd_46

 

 

Adam Hutchings’ static Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Stern splits

@hutch123

 

Andy Rowell’s VW Mk5 Golf on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@x18ndy

 

Tony Cousins’ VW Scirocco R on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform SCN’s

@shinless.90

 

 

 

Daniel Sanders’ Audi S5 on AccuAir suspension & WatercooledIND LP1’s

@r9trd

 

Sean Crompton’s static BMW E36 ‘vert on Carline CM6’s

@s_crompton

 

 

 

Prakash Thanky’s M52-swapped BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & CCW D110′s

@prakash_thanky

 

Tom Healey’s Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@texastom_lowcollective

 

 

Adam King’s Mercedes-Benz W220 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@addms

 

 

Alan Edward’s bagged Audi A3 on DAMNRAW wheels

@alanedwards

 

Sumil Pancholi’s BMW E39 on Air Lift suspension & Hartge splits

@p5uml

 

 

 

Apparently next year’s show will have cars hanging from the ceiling! When I first heard that, I thought “really…?” but after seeing what these guys can pull off, I wouldn’t be surprised if they get it done. Not only was this my favourite UK show of the year so far, it was Slam Sanctuary’s best stand yet – thank you to everyone that came and picked something up in our Summer Sale and had a look around the cars on display; Nick Sahota’s E34, Sumil Pancholi’s E39, Sean Crompton’s E36 and Mark Allen’s Mk4 wagon. If you missed out on our sale, fear not, you can still shop online and get 30% OFF until the end of August. I’m super excited to see what the FittedUK team have up their sleeves for 2017 – if you didn’t get the chance to go this year, mark the following date on your calendar: Sunday 30th July 2017. We’ll be there – hopefully you will be too.

 

More info on FittedUK:

FittedUK website

FittedUK on Facebook

FittedUK on Instagram

 

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Apex Festival 2014

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

As most of the shows we visit are majorly static based, it’s always nice to switch it up a little with a track oriented event to fully take in what car culture and motorsport is really about. Last weekend saw the return of Apex Festival to Lydden Hill Race Circuit in Kent with a focal point being the track sessions, including racing, drifting and parade laps throughout the 2-day weekend event, not forgetting the show and shine on the Sunday. We decided, for once, to make a full weekend of it and camp on the Saturday night. In hindsight this was a bad idea simply because of the weather and severe wind throughout the entire night! Next time we definitely need a camper! Weather aside, the Apex crew put on a fantastic, seamlessly organised, family friendly show.

 

 

Being able to walk around the pits gave everyone a chance to experience what goes on during a track day; watching teams and individuals work on their cars, chatting with the racers or simply admiring the metal… a real opportunity to get behind the scenes.

 

 

From amateurs to professional race and drift teams, Apex seemed to have it all.

 

 

The drifting was certainly a highlight of the weekend.

 

 

You don’t get to see Beetle’s take on the track often, super cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing the cars lining up for their track sessions was quite a picture.

 

 

Mk1 Golf track cars proved a very popular choice, with a selection of absolute monsters!

 

 

 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a retro drift event without an AE86…

 

 

Whats that… another Mk1?

 

 

This Beetle was full on going for it out on track on both days, hardcore!

 

 

 

Jägermeister livery is always a winner.

 

 

A personal favourite of the weekend, this super touring Renault Laguna. Seeing something like this is just unreal, this is what it’s all about. That stance… the whole car is to die for.

 

 

Moving on to the Show & Shine ground, you’ll notice the majority is air-cooled based. We’ve not seen much since Volksworld, so it makes a welcomed change.

 

 

 

Being on the floor, this caught my eye… a Ford Popular on a Beetle pan, very cool.

 

 

 

 

 

There was certainly a huge variation of Beetles, including these two gorgeous examples.

 

 

 

 

 

This Fastback looked great in black and was absolutely mint.

 

 

 

On the other side of the scale, this patina’d Beetle.

 

 

 

Throughout the day, there were all sorts of vehicles out on track including buses! Why not!

 

 

 

After watching Hayburner‘s one day build online a few weeks ago, we were looking forward to seeing Project Minerva in person. This was built in just 14 hours!

 

 

The following group of cars from Belgium were another major highlight.

 

 

RDW’s and Beetle’s, a match made in heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

Coltech Classics‘ Dyane felt right at home at Apex. Paul definitely made the right choice in bringing it along.

 

 

 

Whether you go static, or bag your Beetle, they can both look incredible…

 

 

 

 

 

 

This static black bug was getting a lot of attention, ploughing through the show fields.

 

 

 

Although it seemed the weather put a lot of people off coming to Apex, it actually stayed mainly dry on the Sunday and a lot of fun was had all round, with a healthy mix of track action and static displays to keep everyone content. The fact that you could see the complete circuit from literally anywhere in the venue was ideal, you could properly experience everything at once. There’s no doubt that this show will continue to grow. Keep up the good work guys and thanks for having us.

Ultimate Dubs 2014 Part 3: Outdoors

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Continuing from Part 2 of our Ultimate Dubs coverage, it’s time to take some air and have a look at what the car park had to offer. Weather wise, it was an absolutely stunning day, which meant a lot of the show goers were spending most of their time outdoors to explore the cars and to just generally hang out with friends. I highlighted a few non-VAG cars indoors, continuing more so here as the variety outdoors was a mixed bag. I’ve taken focus on a few BMWs, Mercs and a selection of classic air cooled stuff that stood out to me, a real treat – and hopefully you agree.

 

 

The first car that stood out for me was this tornado red R32, on Rotas and static. An impressive ride height which is something you just don’t seem to see that often on Golfs of this age unless they’re on air.

 

 

 

 

The guys from FourSeasons have kicked off the year hard with an eye catching trio of cars, including Thom’s E46 sitting really nicely on BBS RF splits.

 

 

…and Steven’s stunning B5 S4 with a healthy drop. You should hear this too, very loud!

 

 

Standing out with an E36 has become tough practice, given the popularity of the model. Josh however has pulled it off with his 328i, adding a set of Carline CM6’s and a crazy bit of rear camber.

 

 

 

This 911 appeared to be parked up here throughout the show, a shame it wasn’t more involved in the show as its a lovely example.

 

 

Taking Scirocco’s to the next level…

 

 

I had a bit of a moment finally seeing Ian and Shaun’s E36 M3’s in person. Both are extremely tidy and look stunning parked up together. Hopefully they’ll make this a regular occurrence at shows this year!

 

 

 

 

“Miss Piggy” hanging out with a bunch of cool B5s.

 

 

 

The colour coded lips work nicely on this Golf.

 

 

 

One car that had people breaking necks throughout his entrance was Muhammed’s retro cool Mercedes 190e. It doesn’t get much better than this.

 

 

 

Another car I’d been admiring online was Jas’ E38 so I was ecstatic to see it parked up.

 

 

 

 

This Speedster coupe was a nice surprise!

 

 

 

 

A good 5-10 minutes were spent taking in this awesome Beetle, done right.

 

 

The same goes for this Type 2, which immediately attracted a huge crowd of admirers whilst it was parking up.

 

 

 

The E36 theme continues, with Kaz’s static example. One of my favourites from Players last year.

 

 

One of my cars of the show was this Notchback. Utter perfection.

 

 

 

That concludes our photo coverage of Ultimate Dubs. There’s been an amazing selection of cars and the standard was simply jaw-dropping. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings – people definitely have their work cut out to better some of these cars. I’d like to say a big thank you to the team at UD for having us, a fantastic start to 2014.

Ultimate Dubs 2014 Part 2: Indoors

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Following Part 1 of our Ultimate Dubs coverage, we’re finally indoors (slightly hungover from the previous nights antics) and ready to take a look at what’s on offer at the show season starter. Get ready for some stunning vehicles and a surprising variation from within. Luckily we were able to shoot most of the show on the Saturday afternoon, just as well, because show day on Sunday was absolutely packed with people. It was difficult to even move around at times, a tremendous turn out for the organisers.

 

 

 

This E63 AMG V8 biturbo Mercedes was pretty impressive with Rotiform splits and painted in a controversial taxi-esque yellow, on the Design4Automotive/AccuAir stand.

 

 

Yes, there are going to be a lot of Rotiform wheels…

 

 

 

I remember this car from Edition38 last year, a really well executed Mk2 Golf on Ronals that made the journey over from France.

 

 

And another from Europe, this Type 2 came over from Belgium and was a major head turner.

 

 

Unfortunately I heard these guys had some bad luck on the way home and the engine caught fire. Hope you guys manage to sort it out!

 

 

 

There’s a big question being asked throughout social media at the moment – isn’t UD supposed be a VAG only event? Well, there was certainly quite a large selection of non-VAG around. Personally I don’t have a problem with this, but I am biased being a BMW guy and everything… I know some people seemed to be a bit upset about it, but it’s all about variation in my opinion, so I fully support it, and it was nice to see some great motors like this bagged E21.

 

 

 

Amazing bit of tuck on this air ride S3, with a set of stunning Vossen rims.

 

 

 

 

It was great to see Kristof’s 911 from Belgium again, one of my personal favourite Porsche’s, now sitting on Rotiform FUCs.

 

 

 

 

Danni’s new colour definitely helping her Scirocco stand out from the crowd.

 

 

 

More Mercedes wheels on this cool Mk6 Golf on the Lowsocial stand.

 

 

 

Famous James returned with the Polo on a set of 16″ Teddys, helping him take away Wheel Whores Best Wheels and Best Polo of show.

 

 

Mark’s “Bolf” estate now rocking new paint.

 

 

 

 

The guys at RollHard had their own stand this year with some impressive cars including this Mk2 Golf.

 

 

Dan’s E46 was a favourite for many at the show, not surprising with such great fitment and a super sexy set of Breytons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As per usual, our friends at Forge Motorsport had some awesome race cars on display!

 

 

 

The Milestone 71 Porsche was rocking a brave new colour for 2014. You can’t get much more eye catching than this.

 

 

 

Brian from Rotiform brought along this Mk2 on the Players stand. I love the aggressiveness of this car thanks to the huge dish and flares.

 

 

..and the Players Datsun we spotted on the way into the show in Part 1. Balls’d have done a fantastic job with this, looking forward to seeing it completely finished.

 

 

The Auto Finesse shop caddy was drawing in crowds throughout the day, nicely done guys.

 

 

 

After seeing them on the road, rolling, on the way up to the show (see Part 1), I was intrigued to see Car Audio Security‘s cars close up.

 

 

Personally I wouldn’t bag an E46 M3, but there is no denying it looks incredible, a definite OEM+ car, with a square setup of the standard 19″ wheels.

 

 

 

Their E92 was sitting on a super cool set of Rotiforms, with just the right amount of dish.

 

 

 

It’s always a relief to find some classics, like these nice examples over on the Euro Sunday stand.

 

 

The Autostrada Monza’s are a nice addition to this Jetta.

 

 

 

The colour coding and Porsche twists on this TT really work well.

 

 

 

 

I’m not usually the biggest fan of the newer Golfs, but this Mk7 GTI was fresh. The BBS’ and those lips set it off extremely nicely.

 

 

 

There’s always time for a B5 Avant.

 

 

 

Nick Sahota’s E30 M3 built by Studio Incar is going to divide opinions. Its on air ride. I’ll let you make your own judgement, but I think it looks stunning, and they made a great choice on the colour. Fair play for taking on the project, it’s certainly different!

 

 

 

 

This SWB Quattro was an absolute beast of a machine.

 

 

 

Rocking that classic Mk1 look…

 

 

Studio Incar‘s E92 was looking a bit different to when we all saw it last year!

 

 

As common as BBS LMs have become, I still think they’re awesome wheels. Especially when they are genuine like the ones on this B5 RS4. It just works.

 

 

 

So, a stunning selection of cars on display. Ultimate Dubs have really set the standard high for the first show of the season, especially with the acceptance of a few non-VAG cars this year. This meant there really was something for everyone to enjoy. And that’s not it, there were just as many cars outside as there were inside the halls, so check back soon for Part 3 of our coverage.

Ultimate Dubs 2014 Part 1: The Road To UD

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Show season is finally here, kicking off in style with Ultimate Dubs up in Telford. This was the first time I’d been to UD, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but nonetheless I was fully stoked. Initially I thought I’d be travelling up early on the Sunday morning, but amazingly managed to get hold of a hotel room next to the venue, an ideal situation – meaning a later start and the chance for drinks on Saturday night! I decided to bring along my good friend and photographer Keith (check out his work over at Bridle Photography). He picked me up Saturday morning in his Mk3 and we set off from Bournemouth to the Midlands, or ‘up north’ as we refer to it. We are proper Southern boys, anywhere above London seems like the North to us!

 

 

A morning coffee pitstop was definitely required. The amount of McDonald’s consumed on this trip was quite plainly, ridiculous.

 

 

We were hoping to catch a few other show-goers on the journey and amazingly came across the folks over at Car Audio Security and their epic convoy.

 

 

These cars look awesome on the road!

 

 

 

We got up to the Midlands in good time, but instead of heading straight to the show in Telford, we made a detour to Stoke to meet up with our friend Danni who had just finished her Scirocco ready for the show.

 

 

After much waiting around for her to get back, we hit the road again. She’s done a good job with the new colour, plus the addition of a fresh set of Mercedes rims, a nice surprise to the typical 3SDMs or Rotiforms.

 

 

 

On arrival at the International Centre we were met by the new Players Datsun, built by the guys at Balls’d. It’s unfinished, hence the trailer, but this thing is still pretty badass!

 

 

We checked in to our hotel and then headed down to the show to help Danni prep her car for the stand. (ok, I just took photos, d’you expect me to get my hands dirty?)

 

 

 

We took advantage of our early access and spent the rest of the day shooting the show before the general public came in on Sunday. Make sure to check back here soon for Part 2 where we’ll take a look at the indoor show cars, which will be followed by a third post showcasing the cars outdoors, stay tuned!

Event Coverage: Show & Glow

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

There has been considerable hype building up to the launch of Show & Glow, firstly as the show is making its debut and secondly it is the final UK show of the season. Expectations were high – the atmosphere queuing up to get in was that of excitement. Held at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, this was the last place you’d imagine going to a car show, but it actually worked surprisingly well.

 

 

 

I thought I’d start off by highlighting this fine example of an S8, this sums up the quality of vehicles on display.

 

 

The Players wrapped Mk1 looking as good as ever.

 

 

How about a bit of supercharged goodness with this R32.

 

 

‘that 635’ that we all know and love. Yes, it was essentially a VAG show, but I don’t think anyone will complain about seeing this inside.

 

 

…along with this E30

 

 

James’ Mk1 Polo rocking some new shoes this time.

 

 

 

I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing this Audi 80.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This white Rallye was such a tidy example.

 

 

 

One of my favourites back from the Westside Show.

 

 

To most this will be considered Mk1 perfection. What do you think?

 

 

What a treat it was to see a Porsche Speedster!

 

 

In addition to two indoor floors, Show & Glow also had the top level of the outdoor car park for even more cars – let’s take a look…

 

This was awesome – a bagged VW Tiguan on Ferrari wheels. It’s nice to see something different and this really works!

 

 

 

Ben Anson’s newly wrapped E21 is always a stunner.

 

 

 

 

Another car spotted back at Westside VW, this E30 now on a fresh set of wheels.

 

 

 

 

I shot this Mini back at Edition38, it’s nice to see the Brock’s rocking a new colour. The fitment on this is just right!

 

 

 

 

 

Staggered Z3 wheels looking good on this E46.

 

 

 

 

Well there you have it folks. Show season is over! Congratulations to the Show & Glow team for such a successful debut, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is going to continue to grow and probably become one of the bigger shows of the year.

 

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Event Coverage: Westside Treffen 2K13

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Westside VW, one of the last shows of the season, returned this year to Chalfont St. Peter in Buckinghamshire. I’d been looking forward to this one, it’s always a nice chilled out day with plenty of quality on display – this year did not disappoint. Luckily the weather was on our side and the sun was shining! Chalfont St. Peter Cricket Club with its freshly mowed lawn was a perfect venue to host the gathering of some of Germany’s finest exports.

 

I never get tired of admiring Jason Buckley’s Mk1, it must be that colour combo – stunning!

 

 

There was a nice turnout of Mk2s, including this GTI rocking Brock B1s.

 

 

 

This Caddy sounded real nice.

 

 

The last time I saw this 964 cab was at Players Classic, such a lovely example.

 

 

 

This was a VW show in essence, but I was amazed with the quantity of BMWs in attendance.

 

 

One of my all time favourite E21s, Ben Anson’s bagged example.

 

 

 

This tidy red E30 I snapped back at Players, which sounded like it’s running a V8. Tasty!

 

 

A few Jap cars were also on display, including this bagged Honda Integra DC2 on Gotti wheels. This combination works so well.

 

 

A nice classic Celica.

 

 

 

 

Nice colour on this E32 and Alpina splitter to match.

 

 

Rich Weller’s E39 Sport sitting well on E60 Style 32s.

 

 

 

Mark Allen’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate with Bora front end conversion.

 

 

 

 

Caught James having a little clean of his immaculate Mk1 Polo.

 

 

I loved this Mk1 Golf…

 

 

..and the colour of this one is not something you see every day, with banded steels to compliment.

 

 

 

 

Sam Ratcliffe’s awesome E46 M3 now running a square set up. Looking hard!

 

 

 

 

A personal favourite, Audi 80 Sport.

 

 

 

 

Whether you prefer static or air, there were plenty of both to keep everyone happy…

 

 

 

A slightly camouflaged Mk1 Polo…

 

 

 

 

Hartge splits looking incredible on this E92.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nice E36 cab sitting on Throwing Stars.

 

 

 

 

It was great to see this E12 528i again. This is E12 perfection.

 

 

 

 

There isn’t much to say about this M3, other than amazing!

 

 

 

Lovely paint job on this E36 touring…

 

 

There we have it.. and I’ll say it, this has been my favourite show of the year so far. The venue, size and atmosphere were all spot on. I want to thank the organisers as well for actually booking proper food stalls, there was some amazing food being served, so well done! Not the usual burger van rubbish… other shows take note!

 

There’s not many shows left now for the remainder of this year. We’re now excited for Show & Glow coming up in a few weeks, hope to see you there!

Event Coverage: Players 7.0

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Players has become known as one of the the biggest car shows of the year to many enthusiasts nationally and overseas. This year marked their seventh year running, and my gosh has it got big… Everyone had been hoping that the weather would hold off, as the days leading up to the Sunday had been dreadful. On arrival at North Weald Airfield, the clouds were hovering but luckily it stayed dry for the majority of the morning. A few showers here and there luckily didn’t put people off, as the attendance was phenomenal. People were being turned down to the show and shine because it was so busy.

 

 

Speedhunters had their own hangar with several cars on display and photoshoots going on in the background. Check out the Mk1 Golf with R32 transplant above that was also seen at Edition38.

 

This RX-7 was looking seriously mean.

 

 

 

This Mercedes was one of my show favourites, it was immaculate with an interior to match.

 

 

 

I saw this bagged E46 back at DC13 earlier in the year, it’s now rocking some new shoes, BBS RFs.

 

 

If you’ve been to a car show in the UK, you’ve probably seen this 635CSI, I never get tired of this beautiful car.

 

 

Two of Audi’s finest on the Airlift Performance stand.

 

 

 

 

I was impressed with this static E36, those are the lows we like to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian May’s tough R32 on the Wheel Whores stand.

 

 

On the Vabric stand, check out the Mk1 Jetta sitting on BBS RFs…

 

 

and Pipey’s static Mk1 Golf.

 

 

Opposite was the Low Standards’ stand with their Mk2 Golf.

 

 

 

 

These two Mercs were very tastefully modified.

 

 

Further into the Show and Shine area, I ran into Ben Koflach’s E36 Touring, featuring a set of old school BTCC Rays wheels and the latest addition, an S54 engine from an E46 M3. Wow!

 

 

 

 

I’ve snapped Tallis Godfrey’s E36 cab a few times at shows, but I’d not seen it with the hard top fitted. What can I say, I love this car!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice to see a set of Advan 3 spokes, looking awesome on this A3.

 

 

 

Toyota Celica sitting well on Rotas, a healthy drop and de-spoilered. Win win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An E30 cab rocking a set of E34/E31 M-System’s.

 

 

 

The amber sides on this E39 really make the car!

 

 

 

 

Chris Newton’s Mk2 with BBS fans, stunning! He took home the Wheel Whores ‘Best Wheels’ award.

 

 

Perhaps a familiar sight for some of you? Poor E36… the things we do for lows.

 

 

 

 

I’ve not seen such a nice Mk3 in a while…

 

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for E34’s, especially when they are low like this 525tds.

 

 

Jack Waller’s supercharged R32.

 

 

 

 

I love the RollHard E91 M-Sport Touring, sitting pretty on a set of Squared wheels.

 

 

This little Lupo was rocking the steelies. Loving the wing artwork too, not overdone like so many examples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our E46 Touring, still a work in progress!

 

 

Kingsley Black’s bagged Passat on Rotiforms.

 

 

Unfortunately the rain decided to arrive in the afternoon and people started to leave. I don’t blame them, it was cold and wet.. but did give me the opportunity to snap a few cars leaving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the typically British weather, I enjoyed my day at Players. Splitting the show into several areas – two hangars, tarmac outside the hangars and then the huge show and shine area meant there was plenty to look at and keep busy. See you next year!

Event Coverage: Edition38 Show & Shine 2013

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last Sunday I headed up to Overstone Park in Northampton, and after sitting in some unpleasant Silverstone traffic, arrived at Edition38 – no doubt the biggest VAG show of the year. This was actually my first time at Edition so I was amazed at the sheer size of the event and the amount of people wandering around whilst driving through the gates. The tunes were blasting out from the Show n Shine stage so it felt like a music festival on top of a mecca for VW fans. I’ve really tried to cram a lot of photos into this one, so apologies if you suffer from a slow connection.

 

I’ll kick things off with these stunning cars on the Players / Milestone 71 / Black Sheep Belgium stands.

 

 

Check out the Players Avant on a set of bright Rotiform splits. It was certainly drawing in the crowds so had to wait quite a while for this shot!

 

 

 

The stage is a nice touch to the show, with cars and award winners coming up throughout the day for a chat with the owners plus the traders had a chance to plug their businesses and get people involved. In between they had some good music playing, so if you got fed up of wandering around the cars you could always sit back on the grass with a pint and enjoy the onstage entertainment.

 

 

 

It’s nice to see people thinking outside the box, check out this Mk4 on Jag wheels.

 

 

…and a Mk2 on Land Rover rims, pretty cool!

 

 

 

I haven’t snapped too many of the modern cars, but I’m quite liking what people are doing with these Up!’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friends at Forge Motorsport were repping hard as always with their trade stand, so of course I had to get another cheeky shot of their Mk1 weapon.

 

 

 

Now I won’t go in to the whole bags/static argument right now, but it was refreshing to see a static Mk5 Golf, sitting here on BBS CHs.

 

 

 

 

I loved this B5 Avant on Porsche splits.

 

 

This Mk1 was incredibly tidy and looked just right in this colour.

 

 

 

 

This R32 was pretty special.

 

 

Check out the camber and dish on Freddie’s Civic.

 

 

This Mercedes was magnificent, it was just as tidy inside as it looks on the outside. We need to see more retro stuff like this slammed. Please guys, more of this.

 

 

 

I’m a big fan of Jettas, this Mk1 was sitting nicely.

 

 

…but Louis’ Mk2 below has to be one of my favourite cars of the day, it just looks spot on.

 

 

 

 

 

These X5 wheels on the Mk4 were crazy shiny.

 

 

Another stand-out for me, Matty’s Mk1 Golf on BBS RF splits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The paint job on this Mk1 looked impressive and fits well with the dark centered OZ Turbos.

 

 

 

If you have been following Slam Sanctuary you will know that I am an avid BMW fan, so obviously I went on a hunt for some, with great success…

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pretty crazy race-spec Audi Quattro.

 

 

This Mk2 Golf was sitting perfectly.

 

 

You don’t see too many bagged E46’s…

 

 

This Merc was impressive, sitting really nicely with colour coded split rims.

 

 

I’m not usually a Mini fan, but this was very tasteful.

 

 

There were a few new Beetle’s, most on Bentley rims, but this one looked awesome on Vossen CV3s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was lucky enough to hitch a ride to the show and back in Rich’s E39, newly slammed and sitting on a set of E60 Style32s.

 

 

Another favourite of mine, this E21 on Gottis. Just wow.

 

 

 

I really have no words for this Mk1, just that it was incredible. My car of the show.

 

 

Before leaving the show I headed over to the exit of Overstone Park to catch a few cars on their way out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this was my first experience of Edition38, and I was impressed. I’ll certainly be back next year – not one to be missed again!